Biopic roles: contenders for the Oscars
Princess Diana, Judy Garland, Steve Jobs...
Marilyn Monroe
Mahatma Gandhi
Charlie Chaplin
Frida Kahlo
King George VI
Jordan Belfort
Aung San Suu Kyi
Abraham Lincoln
Edith Piaf
Jake LaMotta
Steve Jobs
Tina Turner
Malcolm X
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Virginia Woolf
Richard Nixon
Oscar Wilde
Mark Zuckerberg
Liberace
Diana Spencer
Władysław Szpilman
Truman Capote
Queen Elizabeth II
J. Edgar Hoover
Muhammad Ali
Reinaldo Arenas
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
John Nash
David Frost
Margaret Thatcher
Billy Beane
Richard Nixon
Iris Murdoch
Laurence Olivier
Alfred Hitchcock
Sarah Palin
Ronald Reagan
Sigmund Freud
Elizabeth Taylor
Pablo Picasso
Hugh Hefner
Winnie Mandela
Nelson Mandela
Phil Spector
Nancy Reagan
Stephen Hawking
Janet Leigh
Martin Luther King
Grace Kelly
Queen Elizabeth II
Nina Simone
Linda Lovelace
Jeff Buckley
Gloria Steinem
Cheetah Chrome
Anthony Perkins
Brian Wilson
Vera Miles
Whitney Houston
James Brown
Bessie Smith
Joni Mitchell
Janis Joplin - take 1
Janis Joplin - take 2
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Biopic roles: contenders for the Oscars

If you play a historical figure, and you do it well, then your chances as an actor or actress to win an Oscar increase significantly. Out of the twenty nominees for the 2022 Oscars, over four categories, eight played a real person in a biopic, and two ended up winning: Will Smith for 'King Richard' and Jessica Chastain for 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye.'

In June 2022, another promising biopic appears in cinemas, with Austin Butler playing Elvis Presley.

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Princess Diana, Judy Garland, Steve Jobs...

Do you remember the following actors and their roles as kings, queens, athletes, swindlers and classic Hollywood stars? Do they look like the real person?

(Image: still from the 2019 biopic 'Judy' in which Renée Zellweger played Judy Garland, for which she would win an Oscar)

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Marilyn Monroe

Michelle Williams played Marilyn Monroe in 'My Week with Marilyn' (2011).

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Mahatma Gandhi

Sir Ben Kingsley played Mahatma Gandhi in 'Gandhi' (1982).

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Charlie Chaplin

Robert Downey Jr. played Charles Chaplin in 'Chaplin' (1992).

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Frida Kahlo

Salma Hayek played Frida Kahlo in 'Frida' (2002).

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King George VI

Colin Firth played King George VI in 'The King's Speech' (2010).

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Jordan Belfort

Leonardo DiCaprio played stockbroker Jordan Belfort in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' (2013).

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Michelle Yeoh played Birmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi in 'The Lady' (2011).

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Abraham Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis played Abraham Lincoln in 'Lincoln' (2012).

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Edith Piaf

Marion Cotillard played Edith Piaf in 'La Vie En Rose' (2007).

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Jake LaMotta

Robert De Niro played Jake LaMotta in 'Raging Bull' (1980).

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Steve Jobs

Ashton Kutcher played Steve Jobs in 'Jobs' (2013).

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Tina Turner

Angela Bassett played Tina Turner in 'What's Love Got to Do with It?' (1993).

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Malcolm X

Denzel Washington played Malcolm X in 'Malcolm X' (1992).

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bill Murray played U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 'Hyde Park on Hudson' (2012).

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Virginia Woolf

Nicole Kidman played author Virginia Woolf in 'The Hours' (2002)

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Richard Nixon

Frank Langella played U.S. President Richard Nixon in 'Frost/Nixon' (2008).

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Oscar Wilde

Rupert Everett played author Oscar Wilde in 'The Happy Prince' (2018).

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Mark Zuckerberg

Jesse Eisenberg played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 'The Social Network' (2010).

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Liberace

Michael Douglas played pianist Liberace in 'Behind the Candelabra' (2013).

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Diana Spencer

Naomi Watts played Diana, the Princess of Wales in 'Diana' (2013).

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Władysław Szpilman

Adrien Brody played pianist Władysław Szpilman in 'The Pianist' (2002).

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Truman Capote

Philip Seymour Hoffman played author Truman Capote in 'Capote' (2005).

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Queen Elizabeth II

Dame Helen Mirren played Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Queen' (2006).

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J. Edgar Hoover

Leonardo DiCaprio played FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in 'J.Edgar' (2011).

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Muhammad Ali

Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in 'Ali' (2001).

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Reinaldo Arenas

Javier Bardem played Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas in 'Before Night Falls' (2000)

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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Helena Bonham Carter played Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 'The King's Speech' (2010).

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John Nash

Russel Crowe played mathematician John Nash in 'A Beautiful Mind' (2001).

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David Frost

Michael Sheen played the British journalist, Sir David Frost, in 'Frost/Nixon' (2008).

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Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep played Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady' (2011).

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Billy Beane

Brad Pitt played baseball manager Billy Beane in 'Moneyball' (2011).

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Richard Nixon

Sir Anthony Hopkins played U.S. President Richard Nixon in 'Nixon' (1995).

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Iris Murdoch

Kate Winslet played author Iris Murdoch in 'Iris' (2001).

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Laurence Olivier

Kenneth Branagh played the actor Sir Laurence Olivier in 'My Week with Marilyn' (2011).

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Alfred Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins played director Alfred Hitchcock in 'Hitchcock' (2012).

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Sarah Palin

Julianne Moore played Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 'Game Change' (2012).

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Ronald Reagan

Alan Rickman played U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 'The Butler' (2013).

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Sigmund Freud

Viggo Mortensen played Sigmund Freud in 'A Dangerous Method' (2011).

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Elizabeth Taylor

Lindsay Lohan played Elizabeth Taylor in 'Liz and Di**' (2012).

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Pablo Picasso

Antonio Banderas played Pablo Picasso in the anthology series 'Genius' (2017).

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Hugh Hefner

James Franco played Hugh Hefner in 'Lovelace' (2013).

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Winnie Mandela

Jennifer Hudson played the young Winnie Mandela in 'Winnie Mandela' (2011).

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Nelson Mandela

Terrence Howard played a young Nelson Mandela in 'Winnie Mandela' (2011).

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Phil Spector

Al Pacino played convicted music producer Phil Spector in 'Phil Spector' (2013).

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Nancy Reagan

Jane Fonda played Nancy Reagan in 'The Butler' (2013)

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Stephen Hawking

Eddie Redmayne played astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything' (2014).

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Janet Leigh

Scarlett Johansson played actress Janet Leigh in 'Hitchcock' (2012).

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Martin Luther King

David Oyelowo played Martin Luther King in 'Selma' (2014).

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Grace Kelly

Nicole Kidman played Grace Kelly in 'Grace of Monaco' (2014).

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Queen Elizabeth II

Emma Thompson played Queen Elizabeth II in 'Walking the Dogs' (2012).

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Nina Simone

Zoe Saldana played Nina Simone in 'Nina' (2016).

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Linda Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried played exotic actress Linda Lovelace in 'Lovelace' (2013).

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Jeff Buckley

Reeve Carney will play musician Jeff Buckley in the upcoming film 'Everybody Here Wants You.'

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Gloria Steinem

Sarah Jessica Parker played Gloria Steinem in 'Lovelace' (2013).

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Cheetah Chrome

Rupert Grint played punk rocker Cheetah Chrome in 'CBGB' (2013).

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Anthony Perkins

James D'Arcy played Anthony Perkins in 'Hitchcock' (2012).

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Brian Wilson

Paul Dano played Beach Boy Brian Wilson in 'Love & Mercy' (2014).

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Vera Miles

Jessica Biel played actress Vera Miles in 'Hitchcock' (2012).

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Whitney Houston

Yaya DaCosta played Whitney Houston in 'Whitney' (2015).

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James Brown

Chadwick Boseman played James Brown in 'Get on Up' (2014).

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Bessie Smith

Queen Latifa played 1920s' blues singer Bessie Smith in 'Bessie' (2015).

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Joni Mitchell

Taylor Swift was to play Joni Mitchell in a film based on the book 'Girls like us,' but according to several media, including Rolling Stone, Mitchell did not agree with Swift playing her. The cast of the new movie is still up in the air.

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Janis Joplin - take 1

Tony winner Nina Arianda was reportedly selected to play Janis Joplin in the film 'Janis' (2022), but eventually she was replaced by Michelle Williams.

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Janis Joplin - take 2

Michelle Williams plays Janis Joplin in 'Janis' (2022). Who resembles the iconic blues singer most, Williams or Arianda?

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